Traditional Track

Candidates following this path will complete all coursework before beginning their field experiences as student teachers. LMU will facilitate the candidates' placement as student teachers. All prerequisite requirements apply to the candidate choosing the traditional route.

Traditional Candidate Course Requirements

Complete the following courses with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better:

  • EDSS 6600: Evidence-Based Assessment Practices to Promote Student Learning
  • EDSS 6601: (Grades K-8) OR EDSS 6602 (Grades: Secondary): Language & Literacy in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Settings
  • EDSS 6603: Creating & Maintaining Effective Environments in Support of Student Learning
  • EDSS 6604: (Grades: Elementary) OR EDSS 6605 (Grades: Secondary): Instructional Design/Methods (Math, STEM, SS)
  • EDSS 6606: Developing Collaborative Partnerships for Inclusive Schooling
  • EDSS 6607: Developing as a Professional Educator (Online Course)
  • EDES 8000: Health Education Course (Plus CPR Certification)
  • EDSS 6608: Research Methods in Special Education (MA coursework)
  • EDCE 5978: Directed Teaching with Students with Mild/Moderate Disabilities (Student Teaching)
  • EDSS 6609: Advanced Inclusionary Practices for Students with High Incidence Disabilities (MA coursework)
  • EDSS 6610: Special Topics in Special Education (MA coursework)
  • EDSS 6611: Master's Professional Project
  • EDSS 6612: (OPTIONAL): Master's Thesis

Additional Coursework Required for the Master's Degree

Students completing the M.A. are required to complete a Master's Professional Project (EDSS 6611)

  • Exit Interview

An exit interview with the Special Education Program Director/Assistant Director must be completed prior to submitting applications for a credential and Master's degree

  • Reading Instruction Competence Assessment (RICA)
    After completing EDSS 6601/6602 Language & Literacy in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Settings (Elementary or Secondary), candidates are required to take, pass and submit an original score report of the RICA to the Special Education program advisor.
  • Application for Credential
    When all requirements have been completed, candidates must complete an application for a preliminary teaching credential. Candidates must attend a mandatory credential application meeting. An additional fee required for credential application. See website for more information. Eligibility for the Intern Credential is determined by the following guidelines set by the California Commission on Teacher Credential (CCTC).
  • Application for Master's Degree
    When all requirements have been completed, candidates must complete an application for a Master's degree with the Office of the Registrar.
  • Optional
    Students my elect to take EDSS 6612 Master's Thesis at the end of all other coursework. This course is highly recommended for students who may choose to pursue advanced degrees such as doctoral degrees or apply to graduate schools that require applicants to submit a Master's Thesis. This course will help students develop their Master's Professional Project into an official Thesis. Additionally, students who take this course will receive one on one support from a Faculty member within the Special Education Department to serve as their Thesis Advisor.

***If you are a student who began their program in Special Education prior to the 15-16 school year, please contact your LMU Advisory or the Special Education Program Director for specifics as the information above outlines the Special Education program beginning in Fall of 2015.